When Washington Hospital opened in 1958, it served a community of 18,000
people; today it serves more than 365,000 residents and is expected to
grow over the next several years. Upgrades are needed not only to ensure
the Hospital is able to continue to provide care in the event of a disaster,
such as an earthquake, but also as a result of the growing population
throughout the district.
Facilities Master Plan
In 2000, the Washington Township Health Care District Board of Directors
developed a long-range master plan to meet this anticipated future demand.
Today implementation of this Facilities Master Plan continues. This multiyear
master plan will guide the development of our main medical campus to the
year 2030 to ensure safe, reliable, quality hospital facilities that will
meet the health care needs of our community for the future.
Phase 1 Completed
In January 2009, WHHS broke ground on the first building of Phase 1 of
the Facilities Master Plan. The Consolidated Central Plant Project was
funded in part by Measure FF, a bond measure approved by voters (with
over 70 percent support) in November 2004. The Independent Citizens'
Bond Oversight Committee oversees the disbursement of the Measure FF bond
proceeds and reports annually on the expenditure of the funds.
The 37,000 square foot power plant, completed in December 2011, includes
a new central plant, lanndry, utility tunnel and a new loading dock. The
new central plant is critical in providing expanded utility service, which
will allow for the eventual replacement of nearly all buildings on Washington
The Center for Joint Replacement building, which houses the new Institute
for Joint Restoration and Research, opened in May 2012. The new joint
replacement center features 30 private patient rooms, 30,000 square feet
of space and eight examination rooms.
Phase 2 Completed
The second phase, which was completed with the opening of the Morris Hyman
Critical Care Pavilion in November 2018, houses an expanded Emergency
Department and Critical Care. Key highlights about the building are as follows:
- A 224,800 square-foot, structure of three floors: ground, first, second
and third including 44,250 SF of shell space for future build out. The
Pavilion increased the size of several undersized departments and added
116 new beds.
- The total project cost was $320 million, which was on budget and on time.
- The Pavilion’s ground floor houses building support mechanical, electrical
and IT equipment, a morgue and shell space for a future pharmacy, cafeteria,
kitchen, materials management, and storage. The adjacent Central Utility
Plant (CUP), completed in 2012, feeds the building with all utility services
through an underground utility tunnel.
- The first floor of the Pavilion houses an Emergency Department that is
four times the size of the previous one. It also houses a lobby and shell
space for future clinical space.
- The second floor houses 48 critical care beds in five different pods, and
their support spaces.
- The third floor houses 68 medical/surgery beds, all private rooms and their
- A base isolation structural system allows the building, in an earthquake,
to move three feet horizontally and/or allows for some vertical displacement
of the building, while enabling the Hospital to continue to operate both
during and after the earthquake.
A new seven-floor, 658-car parking garage was built adjacent to the Pavilion
with a rooftop helistop.
With Phases 1 and 2 of the Facility Master Plan complete, Phase 3 is being
further developed. This phase calls for construction of a new seismically
safe building and infill of the Morris Hyman Critical Care Pavilion shell
space, which will be completed in time for a state seismic deadline of
2030. The project will create new space for operating rooms, hybrid OR
rooms, diagnostic imaging (MRI, X-rays, etc.), catheterization lab, birthing
center, neonatal intensive care, pediatrics, medical and surgical nursing
units and other support services to serve the growing community into the future.
To provide funding for Phase 3, at its July 20, 2020 meeting, the Washington
Township Health Care District Board of Directors unanimously passed a
resolution calling for the placement of a general obligation bond in the
amount of $425,000,000 on the November 3, 2020 General Election ballot.
This Resolution No. 1213 can be read
Two-thirds of Washington Township Health Care District voters must approve
the bond measure for it to pass and for Washington Hospital to move forward
with Phase 3. Please click
here for background that provides more information on this important project.
Washington Hospital Healthcare System has adopted the 2010 to 2030 Site
Master Plan (the "Master Plan" or “Project”) which
will guide the development of our main medical campus to the year 2030
in order to help ensure safe, reliable, quality hospital facilities that
will meet the health care needs of our community for the future.